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Poster: stratocaster Date: May 7, 2009 7:07am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: so, we're a day away...

from the anniversary of one of the most reviewed, revered and polarizing shows in the history of the Grateful Dead. I'm pretty much sick to death of May '77 for the moment, but here's a show that always gets blown off...05-07-1977 Boston Garden...very tight playing throughout, as was customary at the time, much like wearing an onion on your belt...is it as good as Cornell?...hayell no, but it's as good or better than some of those other May shows talked about round here...

nice clean soundboard

http://www.archive.org/details/gd1977-05-07.sbd.miller.88525.flac16

Set 1

Bertha
Cassidy
Deal
Jack Straw
Peggy-O
New Minglewood Blues
Mississippi Half-Step Uptown Toodeloo ->
Big River
Tennessee Jed
The Music Never Stopped

Set 2

Terrapin Station
Samson And Delilah
Friend Of The Devil
Estimated Prophet
Eyes Of The World ->
Drums ->
The Wheel ->
Wharf Rat ->
Around And Around

Encore
U.S. Blues











This post was modified by stratocaster on 2009-05-07 14:07:28

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Poster: lobster12 Date: May 7, 2009 3:28pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: so, we're a day away...

The big daddy of all shows is tomorrow and I will be busting it out like I do every year.

And oh yeah....the Miss half step from this Boston Garden show is awesome with a capital AWESOME.

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Poster: Earl B. Powell Date: May 7, 2009 5:27pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: so, we're a day away...

I've had it with this show, but cannot knock it. I have an unrelenting belief that this show was the pinnacle, the band at the very top of their game...all things lead up to it and all things fall away from it.

I have shows that are more personal favorites, and some that have IMO better set lists, some that sound better, and some that might be a little better played...but none as solid in every category. There's a very good reason that cliches become cliches...

At minimum, I'll spin Scarlet>Fire tomorrow out of respect, then go on searching through the oysters for another pearl that might shine like this one.

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Poster: edgehead 2 Date: May 7, 2009 8:50am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: so, we're a day away...

This is a spectacular show. Next to the '90/Branford Eyes, this is my favorite. Well, actually i think i like this one even better. e

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Poster: snori Date: May 7, 2009 8:17am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: so, we're a day away...

Do people still say 'Cornell is the best show ever' ? I can't even be consistent on best ever version of any particular song. Three days ago I thought the best ever 'Comes a time' was 4th May '77, today I realise it's 17th July '76. And please don't ask me which was Garcia's best year for vocals because it makes my head spin.

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Poster: SomeDarkHollow Date: May 7, 2009 7:08am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: so, we're a day away...

Wearing an onion on your belt?

Not recently.

Oh, definitely a show worth a listen. I guess we should prepare for renewed discussions of "Was Cornell the best ever?". I'll throw out my two cents early: IMHO: No. I feel pointing to one show and saying "Best Ever" is almost impossible. So many variables are at play: Era, lineup, venue, drug use, weight, number of twinkies in the green room, etc. Kind of like the modern day sport records: impossible to compare side by side with the past. But that's just me. I guess I'm kind of a freak in that I love all "phases" of the band and have personal faves from each (OK, maybe not anything from the mid-90's).

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Poster: stratocaster Date: May 7, 2009 7:18am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: so, we're a day away...

Agreed. With very rare exception to the best ever arguments, their "achievements" should always be in perpsective of era...I break them down by keyboardist eras rather than 70s or 80s etc.

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Poster: edgehead 2 Date: May 7, 2009 8:48am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: so, we're a day away...

Onion on your belt? 'It was the style at the time" (Abe Simpson)

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Poster: skuzzlebutt Date: May 7, 2009 11:37am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: so, we're a day away...

I fully agree that only shows from roughly the same era can be compared. For example, 5/8/77 vs. 3/1/69? Apples and oranges- completely different aesthetics, almost two different bands.

That said, I'll toss my useless opinion in as well and say that Cornell wasn't even the best show of it's week (that award goes to 5/9), much less May, much less 1977 or the era as a whole. Granted, the "Dew" is the Mt. Olympus of "Dew"s, but the NFA? Zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz.

When I started collecting tapes in ’82, there weren’t exactly a ton of great sounding pre-Brent shows in circulation (certainly not like today when we get to argue about whether the board is better than the aud is better than the new matrix). Cornell, Harpur 5/2/70, and the Music Hall ’75 show were sort of the standard issue building blocks for everyone’s collection. All three have attained mythic status, but Cornell is the only one which was never commercially released, which seems to have only fueled the legend.

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Poster: august_wst Date: May 7, 2009 8:19am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: ARRRRRRGGGGGGGGG!

I have really learned to hate this fucking show. I used to like it when I first heard it too, but through sheer exposure I have come to loath it. Kind of like I did with Day Job in '85.

Yes, the band played good that day. Yes, the recording are clean and WIDELY circulated (one thing I think adds to the myth of this show). But holy crap there is only so much I can listen to one show!

One of the things that always attracted me to the Dead was the fact that every time they played things were a little different. There was a wide range of things to pull from. To constantly revere one show over others and ceaselessly beat that dead horse seems to go against everything the Grateful Dead stood for! They have just played SO many good shows! (oh yeah, and I can't stand the Dead's sound in '77 so that might have something to do with it too)

OK... I'm done. I feel better. Sorry, your post was just one time too many for me. I'll keep to myself from now on.

But I am not logging on tomorrow. I have learned my lesson.

Other than that, how is everybody?
:)

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Poster: edgehead 2 Date: May 7, 2009 8:50am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: so, we're a day away...

This is a spectacular show. Next to the '90/Branford Eyes, this is my favorite. Well, actually i think i like this one even better. e

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Poster: jglynn1.2 Date: May 7, 2009 7:23am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: So we can listen to MIT 70 today

An underrated outstanding show

I think so

http://www.archive.org/details/gd70-05-07.aud.weiner-gdADT04.5439.sbefail.shnf

especially when Jerry introduces Bobby Ace as a special guest just before NRPS does The Race is On

Get into AUD listening mode and give this Bad Boy a spin

Jerry on Pedal Steel - Yeah Boy